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Key Focus Areas

Aktia Asset Management

Key Focus Areas

Emerging Market Debt

Our Emerging market debt strategies have a proven track record since 2006 in different market conditions. The investment philosophy is based on a macroeconomic and fundamentally driven approach targeting high real yields and low FX volatility.

ESG considerations, such as political, social and environmental aspects are integrated in the investment process.

Our EMD team consists of experienced and Citywire rated specialists and manages four different strategies.

EM Local Currency Bond

  • Strategy focus: EM local currency markets (Investment universe 49 countries)
  • Launch date: 14 October 2008
  • Strategy available as: Aktia Emerging Market Local Currency Bond+ (Finnish domiciled UCITS fund), UI-Aktia EM Local Currency Bond+ (Luxembourg domiciled UCITS fund)

EM Local Currency Frontier Bond

  • Very attractive risk-reward profile. Strong long-term growth and fundamental prospects.
  • Strategy focus: Frontier local currency markets (Investment universe 107 countries)
  • Launch date: 7 December 2015
  • Strategy available as: Aktia Emerging Market Local Currency Frontier Bond+ (Finnish domiciled UCITS fund), UI-Aktia EM Frontier Bond+ (Luxembourg domiciled UCITS fund)

EM Bond (Hard Currency)

  • Strategy focus: EM hard currency markets (Investment universe 106 countries)
  • Launch date: 12 February 2007
  • Strategy available as: Aktia Emerging Market Bond+ (Finnish domiciled UCITS fund)

For further information please contact
Markus Lindqvist, Head of Distribution, International Sales & ESG | [email protected]

In 2020 Morningstar once again named Aktia as the best fixed income fund manager. Our fixed income fund management has received Morningstar awards since 2013, when it was eligible for the award for the first time.

In Lipper Fund Awards 2018, we were the best Nordic asset manager in the category "Overall Group Award, Fixed Income, Small Company". Aktia has also won the category of "Overall Group Award, Small Company" in 2017 and the "Overall Group Award, Mixed Assets" in 2008.

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Timo Leinonen M. Sc. | Portfolio Manager
Timo Leinonen's main responsibility is Emerging Markets FX and government bonds, and he has 16 years of experience from financial markets.


Henrik Paldynski M. Sc. (Tech) | Portfolio Manager
Henrik Paldynski's focus is on emerging market sovereign fixed income in hard currencies. He has 12 years of experience in financial markets.


Kaj Paulamäki M. Sc. | Analyst, Long-term analysis models and tools
Kaj Paulamäki works as an analyst in the Emerging Markets Fixed Income team. His main responsibilities are developing long-term analysis models and tools for Emerging and Frontier economies. Kaj has seven years of experience from financial markets.

You can reach us by email ([email protected]) or by telephone, tel. +358 (0)10 247 010.

European Credit

In European Credit our key areas of excellence include Financials & Insurance, Nordic credit, corporate hybrids and short-duration credit. Our approach is described as benchmark agnostic and with specific focus on diversification and identification of downside risks.

While aiming for consistent outperformance, the team executes both core and more tactical credit views by employing theme-based company clusters and a controlled risk framework. The experienced team has been active in green bonds since 2013 and integrates ESG factors in the decision-making process.

European Corporate Bond

  • Strategy focus: European investment grade
  • Launch date: 20 July 2000
  • Strategy available as: Aktia Corporate Bond+ (Finnish domiciled UCITS fund)

For further information please contact
Markus Lindqvist, Head of Distribution, International Sales & ESG | [email protected]

In 2019 Morningstar once again named Aktia as the best fixed income fund manager. Our fixed income fund management has received Morningstar awards since 2013, when it was eligible for the award for the first time.

In Lipper Fund Awards 2018, we were the best Nordic asset manager in the category "Overall Group Award, Fixed Income, Small Company". Aktia has also won the category of "Overall Group Award, Small Company" in 2017 and the "Overall Group Award, Mixed Assets" in 2008.

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Juuso Rantala M. Sc. | Portfolio Manager
Juuso joined Aktia Asset Management in 2006 to build a new fixed income mutual fund family. He participates in Aktia's allocation team, runs segregated mandates and acts as a portfolio manager for the Aktia Corporate Bond fund.

Jonne Sandström M. Sc. | Portfolio Manager
Jonne works as a PM on the Fixed income team with focus on credit and money markets, but also rates and inflation. He is co-manager of Aktia Corporate Bond+ and lead manager for the fixed income parts of Aktia Solida and Aktia Secura. Jonne also holds a supporting role in Aktia Likvida+, Aktia Government Bond+ and Aktia Inflation Bond+.

Lotta Kotioja M. Sc. | Portfolio Manager
Lotta Kotioja works as a portfolio manager at Aktia Asset Management. Lotta manages government bond and covered bond portfolios and participates in managing corporate bond portfolios.

Mikael Westerlund LL.M., CEFA | Portfolio Manager
Mikael Westerlund is a Portfolio Manager in the Fixed Income Team of Aktia Asset Management Ltd. Mikael joined Aktia Bank in 1989 and has been with Aktia Asset Management since the company was founded in 1998.

Tapio Jokisaari M. Sc., CEFA | Portfolio Manager

Tapio Jokisaari manages high yield bond portfolios and works as a PM for the Aktia European High Yield Bond+ fund.

You can reach us by email ([email protected]) or by telephone, tel. +358 (0)10 247 010.

European and Nordic Small Caps

Our European and Nordic Small Caps strategies have a proven track record since 2011 in different market conditions. Strategies target a higher risk adjusted return by investing in companies with structural competitive advantages and a high return on invested capital.

The strategies follow Aktia's QGARP (Quality Growth at a Reasonable Price) philosophy. Our experienced European and Nordic equity team manages three different Small and Micro Cap strategies.

Nordic Small Cap

  • Following Aktia's QGARP (Quality Growth at a Reasonable Price) philosophy. Concentrated portfolio of 35-50 holdings.
  • Strategy focus: Nordic small caps
  • Launch date: 24 September 2011
  • Strategy available as: Aktia Nordic Small Cap (Finnish domiciled UCITS fund)

Nordic Micro Cap

  • Following Aktia's QGARP (Quality Growth at a Reasonable Price) philosophy. Concentrated portfolio of 35-50 holdings.
  • Strategy focus: Nordic micro caps
  • Launch date: 3 November 2016
  • Strategy available as: Aktia Nordic Micro Cap (Finnish domiciled UCITS fund)

Europe Small Cap

  • Following Aktia's QGARP (Quality Growth at a Reasonable Price) philosophy. Concentrated portfolio of 35-50 holdings.
  • Strategy focus: European small caps
  • Launch date: 8 December 2014
  • Strategy available as: Aktia Europe Small Cap (Finnish domiciled UCITS fund)
For further information please contact
Markus Lindqvist, Head of Distribution, International Sales & ESG | [email protected]
In Lipper Fund Awards 2018, we were the best Nordic asset manager in the category "Overall Group Award, Fixed Income, Small Company". Aktia has also won the category of "Overall Group Award, Small Company" in 2017 and the "Overall Group Award, Mixed Assets" in 2008.

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Andreas Bergman M. Sc. | Portfolio Manager, Head of Equity Team
Andreas is lead manager of Aktia´s US and Global equity funds and has a supporting role in the team managing Aktia´s European equity funds. Andreas has 17 years relevant market experience from financial markets and a broad knowledge of developed equity markets.

Jan Brännback M. Sc. | Portfolio Manager
Jan works as a PM in the Nordic equity team. He is the Lead Portfolio Manager for the Aktia Nordic Small Cap and Aktia Capital equity funds and also manages the Aktia Nordic and Aktia Nordic Micro Cap funds. Jan has 18 years of financial industry experience.

Janne Lähdesmäki M. Sc., CEFA certified | Portfolio Manager
Janne works as a PM in the Nordic equity team. He is the Lead Portfolio Manager for Aktia Nordic and Aktia Nordic Micro Cap funds and also manages the Aktia Nordic Small Cap and Aktia Capital equity funds.

Janna Haahtela M. Sc., CEFA certified | Portfolio Manager
Janna works as a PM in the Global equity team with focus on Europe. She is the Lead Portfolio Manager for Aktia Europe and Aktia Europe Small Cap equity funds. Janna has a wide experience from the financial industry.

Anders Thylin M. Sc. | Portfolio Manager
Anders works as a PM in the Global equity team. Anders is portfolio manager for the Aktia Europe, Aktia Europe Small Cap and Aktia America equity funds. He also coordinates the responsible investment activities within the portfolio management function.

Sami Räsänen M. Sc. | Portfolio Manager

Sami is responsible for specific client equity mandates. His responsibilities also include the maintenance and development of the internal quantitative screening models.

You can reach us by email ([email protected]) or by telephone, tel. +358 (0)10 247 010.